Thirteen-year-old Anabelle Heffron from Co Tyrone scored a superb win in the Children on Horses (U14) Grand Prix at Hagen in Germany.
The Irish teenager, who is trained by Johnny O’Connell, beat of an international field of 54 riders to scoop the top prize with the Irish Sport Horse Porsha.
A total of 13 combinations jumped clear in the opening round to make it into the jump-off. Heffron posted a winning clear in a time of 41.97 despite been drawn to jump early in the jump-off.
Sweden’s Ingemar Hammarström finished second with Cascara, and Dutch rider Cejay Joosten took third place on the podium.
Porsha (ISH), who was bred by Edel Reel and owned by Diana Heffron, is by the sire Porsch.
Coincidentally, the 14-year-old mare is out of a dam by Touchdown, famously ridden by James Kernan who is team manager for the Irish young rider, junior and children's teams who have been in outstanding form this week in Hagen.
Speaking from the German venue, Kernan was full of praise for Heffron and also for Cormac Foley who last night finished second in the Junior Grand Prix.
“This was an incredible result for Anabelle. She really was superb to win the class being drawn early in the jump-off.
"Cormac Foley was also excellent last night to finish second just a fraction behind the winner. He hasn’t knocked a fence here all week, which is incredible.
"All our riders have been brilliant here all week and deserve huge credit.”